From the President

President Giles-GeeSince my arrival in July 2012, I have spent a lot of time getting to know the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of University of the Sciences. I am continually impressed with the dedication of each group individually and how they come together to create a caring community that strives for excellence.

I have learned from our students that they were drawn to the University for its academic focus in health and science as well as the intimate feel and one-on-one attention they receive from faculty. I have seen firsthand how our faculty takes great pride in the student outcomes achieved through student and faculty research opportunities. I have witnessed how our staff creates an atmosphere of support so our students can grow and develop. And on my Whistle Stop Tours to meet alumni, I feel the great sense of pride our alumni have about their University and their eagerness to share it with me.

When I think back to what drew me to USciences, it is the sense of history as the nation’s first college of pharmacy and the tremendous amount of opportunities here. I want to look back while pulling the University forward. Historically, I see areas of strength in industrial pharmacy and drug development and delivery. I see places where collaboration occurs across disciplines such as in our West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design. And I see potential for cores of excellence in cancer biology, neurosciences, gerontology/geriatrics, and interprofessional care. These are just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” at USciences.

As president, I aim to keep all stakeholders moving forward together to achieve a vision of excellence. That vision exists through a focus on the teaching, service, practice, and research that are the cornerstones of the University’s mission. These ideals contribute to student success and faculty recognition and make University of the Sciences distinctive.

I look forward to being with you on this journey and ask that you embrace a new era of opportunities in teaching, service, and student research.


Helen F. Giles-Gee


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